Teach English Without Textbooks

Five years ago, I took a TESOL course. For those who doesn’t have an idea of what TESOL is, it stands for “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.” If you have a TESOL certificate, you can teach ESL or EFL (English as a Second / Foreign Language) anywhere in the world. If you want to take unlimited beach trips in Thailand, take a TESOL course and apply at an English school that offers ESL. If you want to bask in Korean culture, a TESOL will definitely give you an advantage.

One of the things that the course will teach you is how to effectively teach English without using textbooks. Yes, my friends, it is possible to teach ESL / EFL with only your lesson plan. This technique is under the umbrella of what we call Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), an approach to teaching English as a second or foreign language.

According to experts, CLT is by far the most effective approach yet. The idea is simple. Students are taught to speak the language by means of immersion activities that happen in real life. These activities are situations that enhance “communicative competence,” or fluency. Some of the most common activities in a CLT classroom include the following: role-playing (you’ll be the guy; and i’ll be the girl), pair work, and interview.

Now, where does teaching English without textbooks come in?

In CLT, to hone the student’s communicative competence, the teacher exposes him to language functions, or the purposes why we communicate with other people in the first place. One example of a language function is “asking for directions.”

That said, to teach English without textbooks, all you need to do is to think of a language function, and then create an activity out of it. Some of the language functions that I can think of right now are the following.

– giving directions
– greeting someone on his birthday
– asking likes and dislikes
– asking questions
– reading maps

I’m sure that you can think of more language functions. If you come up with 50 functions, that’s good for 50 meetings.

The beauty of this technique is that your lessons are customized to target the weaknesses of your students. It is also inexpensive because you don’t have to buy textbooks.

Learn more about teaching English as a second or foreign language here…